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Anigrand #AA2117 1/72 Raytheon Sentinel R.1



 
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Kit #AA2117. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit of the Raytheon Sentinel R.1 complete with decals.

The Raytheon Sentinel is a battlefield and ground surveillance flying command post operated by the Royal Air Force. The airframe is based on Montreal-based Bombardier’s Global Express ultra long-range business jet, adapted by Raytheon to the RAF’s specifications. Originally, the aircraft was known as ASTOR – Airborne Stand-Off Radar – the plane flies with a mixed RAF and Royal Army crew. The Sentinel is designed to interface with the USAF’s E-8 Joint STARSJoint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, based on a civilian Boeing 707-300 series airframe – as well as NATO ground surveillance systems.

The five Sentinel aircraft have been operational since 2009, when they flew missions over Afghanistan. On a typical mission, they fly above 40,000 feet – that’s for radar resolution reasons, but it also takes them out of range of most battlefield SAMs. Though slated for stand-down after British forces leave Afghanistan, the plane has proved itself “pivotal” over Libya and currently operates in support of NATO.


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